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  • This project started with a Bungee Barbie activity (this one was developed by Stephanie Minor, DSBN and translated into French by me). This activity was great, as it helped students develop skills in making predictions and measuring results of trials and making modifications based on those...

  • Making Ice Cream Inquiry

    Grade Level/Course Code: Grade 9 Applied Science, SNC1P

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  • Students will dive into the SBI 4U course using the scenario of Maria's Travels as a way for students to make self generated connections to curriculum ideas through inquiry using the 3-Pocket method. The 3-Pocket method is used to initiate learning, sustain learning and allow for reflections to...

  • How can an understanding of Mechanical Advantage and Mechanical Efficiency help to create a useful application for everyday life?

    Learning Goal: Understand the nature of and the relationship between input and output forces in machines and how these apply to...

  • This inquiry unit introduces nests and the concept of shelters/homes. Throughout this unit both the teacher and students will; explore, experiment, discuss, theorize, predict, print, draw, construct, brainstorm and in the end create a nest of their own. The teacher will start with students...

  • Tracking conversations and observations during your class can be a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be. Your students can do labs, activities, and group work in class, and you can provide feedback on their conversations and your observations. DocAppender is an easy way to provide the students...

  • I have been experimenting with using the online D2L Discussion tool to meet the STSE expectations in both my Blended Learning and eLearning courses.  With all of the discussion forums, beforehand students are given some suggested reading from the course text or web articles, pages, etc. to...

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    Classroom Catalyst : Our Town

    Title: Our Town: An Integrated Unit Exploring Measurement,...